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Ecosystem Ecology Group

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

About the Group

The Ecosystem Ecology Group focuses on interactions among physical, chemical, and biological elements of riverine ecosystems that organize ecological behavior at local and regional scales. We are also interested in the effects of global change (land use, atmospheric deposition, emergent contaminants) on the structure and function of streams and rivers, and the need for more socio-ecological perspectives on conservation and restoration of running water ecosystems.

Ecosystem Ecology Staff

Photo of Stephanie Bernasconi hiking in the mountains

Stephanie Bernasconi

Staff Scientist, Part-Time Environmental Educator
Sara Geleskie Damiano

Sara Damiano

Staff Scientist
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Michael Gentile

Staff Scientist
Rachel Johnson with an EnviroDIY Monitoring Station.

Rachel Leonard

Research Engineer Technician
Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist

Ecosystem Ecology News

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Agricultural soil microbiomes differentiate in soil profiles with fertility source, tillage, and cover crops
Bier, R.L., M. Daniels, D. Oviedo-Vargas, M. Peipoch, J.R. Price, E. Omondi, A. Smith, and J. Kan. 2024. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, early online access.
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Riparian groundwater nitrogen (N) isotopes reveal human imprints of dams and road salt salinization
Inamdar, S., M. Peipoch, M. Sena, B, Joshi, M.M. Rahman, J. Kan, E.K. Peck, A. Gold, T.L.E. Trammell, and P.M. Groffman. 2024. Geophysical Research Letters 51(5): e2023GL106888.
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Back from the past? Assessment of nitrogen removal ability of buried historic wetland soils before and after a 1-year incubation on a restored floodplain
Peck, E.K., S. Inamdar, J. Kan, M. Peipoch, A.J. Gold, D.J. Merritts, R.C. Walter, E.G. Hyland, K.W. Wegmann, A.M. Yaculak, and M.M. Rahman. 2024. Restoration Ecology 32(3): e14070.
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Sediment-nitrogen (N) connectivity: Suspended sediments in streams as N exporters and reactors for denitrification and assimilatory N uptake during storms
Bisesh, J., E. Bacmeister, E. Peck, M. Peipoch, J. Kan, and S. Inamdar. 2023. Frontiers in Water 5: 1254225.
A relic milldam on the Christina River in Delaware.
Will Removing Thousands of Old Milldams Across the Northeast Help or Hurt Streams?
Stroud Center scientists have been assessing how milldams affect the filtering capacity of streams and whether their removal affects water quality. 
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Meet Our 2023 Interns
Our interns assist with research and other mission-focused work and gain valuable professional experience and networking opportunities.